Copyright © 2010 by William R. Mistele From Undines—Lessons from the Realm of the Water Spirits
A Study of Water and the Magnetic Fluid
Imagining water inside of one’s body can create specific sensations and feelings. The feelings, for example, can move from a basic sense of well-being, serenity, and empathy to states such as perfect contentment, perfect love, oneness with another, and a feeling of being one with the universe.
This is an opportunity for both men and women to experience the essence of the feminine. A woman can study from within the archetypal energies moving through her, and a man can discover within himself the wonders the feminine possesses. Certainly, to know oneself from the core of your being will require an encounter with your opposite. This section reveals one means for accomplishing this.
The Basic Exercise
Imagine your body to be completely empty inside like a container or vessel. Also imagine that you are surrounded by cold water as if you are at the center of a vast ocean. The cold water is contracting. Of all substances in nature, water absorbs heat the most quickly and stores it the longest. Water holds, contains, and sustains.
Next imagine that water enters your body with each breath as you inhale. At the same time, water enters through the pores of your body. You breathe in this sensation of cold water until you feel that your body is full of water. At the end of this exercise, reverse the process. and imagine breathing the cold water out of your body.
In effect, you develop the ability to accumulate and then dissolve the sensations of water both inside and outside of the body. This is a basic exercise in training one’s imagination. Without doing the above, you can simply imagine the inside of your body filled with water. Practicing over time, you will produce in your body increasingly strong sensations.
Sensations of Water in the Physical Body
If I focus on my physical body and in particular on anything relating to fluids and water, I can sense the flow of blood through my body. Some people can sense the pulse of their blood as it surges through the body and also notice when their heart skips a beat. With experience, you can feel blood flow into parts of your body when you relax them. The blood vessels dilate with the result that there is more blood flow into the area so it becomes warmer.
Actually, all fluids within the body are diluted solutions of water. Men’s bodies are about sixty percent water, and women’s are around fifty percent. The specific fluids such as blood, sweat, tears, lymph, saliva, the cerebrospinal fluid, and all digestive enzymes are between ninety-six to ninety-nine percent water. The brain is about seventy-five percent water, and the muscles contain nearly as much.
If I concentrate on the flow of blood, immersing myself in this sensation and awareness, I definitely get a sense of its actions—circulating, purifying, nurturing, and reviving. If I focus my imagination on the sense of liquids or water flowing rapidly as blood, I get images of a stream or a river with its rapids and waterfalls.
The Etheric Body
Besides sensations relating directly to the physical body, it is possible to sense a subtler set of sensations relating to the etheric body. These sensations refer to vitality and health. The etheric body is often encountered in the practice of pranayama, the control of breath. Concentrate for example on your hand. Imagine that with each breath you are breathing vitality directly into your hand. As you practice, you may be able to sense increased warmth, a feeling of gradually building pressure, different kinds of intensity of energy, and so forth.
Some of these sensations relate to relaxation. Again, as you relax, the blood vessels dilate, which leads to increased warmth as the blood moves closer to the surface of the skin. But something subtler is also occurring. In martial arts, it is quite common to learn how to move this vitality, chi, or ki to different parts of the body to enhance health and physical performance.
Vitality has the four elements within it. Sometimes a martial arts practitioner focuses on weight and being grounded—the earth element. Sometimes the emphasis is on being light like air, being able to move quickly as if weightless. Other times one focuses on fire and a rapid, forceful expansion of energy outward.
Perhaps the most difficult to imitate or teach in the martial arts is the element of water. The founder of aikido was a great master of the water element, but his personal style was nearly impossible to teach. In some traditions of Chi Kung, the student learns to imitate a cloud or to flow like water through movements that are circling, spiraling, and curling with gentleness and grace, almost like moving slowly underwater.
We can pursue the difference between the physical and etheric energies by imagining that the body is empty inside and filled with cool water. If you were immersed in an actual pool of water, you could imagine that the inside of your body were filled with the same water that is surrounding it on the outside. Etheric water is far more refined than physical water. It is the watery, fluid, or flowing aspect of vitality.
I focus on the vitality in my etheric body. Again, I imagine my body is empty inside and that my awareness is only of vitality in its flowing, fluid aspect. What occurs is that I feel extremely relaxed. There is a sense of calmness, of letting go and feeling release. When I do this, I am often reminded of floating in a tide pool that has a high salt content. The body floats higher in the water almost as if the entire body is being supported, and tension dissolves.
The Astral Body
The astral body pertains to the realm of the soul, to feelings and emotions. The astral body is very sensitive to concrete imagery—to situations, people, and places. The astral body is active in dreaming. A dream often produces strong emotions even though the circumstances or dramatic situations of the dream are unreal. You respond as if they are real. The astral body is where these emotions occur. The astral is sensitive, receptive, responsive, and impressionable.
When you feel the opposites of happiness and sadness, elation and depression, excitement and boredom, joy and despair, love and hate, and so on, these feelings are occurring within the astral body. Though all emotions produce sensations within the physical body, at this point we are after the way feelings are underneath, behind, or accompanying physical sensations. With practice and attention, it becomes easy to notice the differences between the physical sensations accompanying feelings and the feelings themselves.
The astral body also gives a sense of connection to others. It is full of attracting and repelling forces. When individuals fall in love, it is often an astral experience—they are in the astral plane living a dream that the two share in common. When individuals break up, the same intensity of feeling may be present, but it changes into an opposite, repelling emotional force.
Just as we all have our own unique physical body, we each have a unique astral body. The astral involves our ability to feel alive and to appreciate the world around us. The elements present in the astral body will strongly influence our ability to feel wonder, awe, and beauty as well as experiences with ecstasy and rapture.
Just as we can discuss the four elements in terms of physical sensations in the etheric body and their applications (for example, in the martial arts), we can also describe the four elements in the astral body. In the astral body, fire is not a physical or etheric force. It is a feeling that relates to enthusiasm, courage, confidence, and charisma. Air relates to being curious, playful, artistically sensitive, and cheerful. Earth relates to being practical, no-nonsense, patient, and stable.
I imagine my astral body to be similar in shape and size to my physical body and etheric bodies, but it is subtler, almost like seeing an image of oneself in a mirror or a dream. I imagine it again to be empty, without physical substance. Then I imagine this astral body to be filled with cool water.
Meditating on water in my astral body, I sense feelings specific to water. These are contentment, peace, serenity, and happiness. There is a sense of well-being that is timeless and independent of space, of who I am, where I was born, and where I am now in life. It is just a pure, endless sense of peace into which an individual can let go and simply be without having to do anything to earn it.
Imagery of Water in Nature on Three Planes
Here is a simple way to observe the difference between the physical and astral planes. Grasp your lower arm with your other hand. Note the physical sensations relating to the touch of skin on skin and the pressure of your grip.
Now, focus on the hand holding your arm. Without changing the grip, place within this hand the feeling, “I love you with all my heart and soul.” It is a feeling that can be expressed through touch. Note now any difference between the two kinds of touch.
One produces only physical sensations. The second may produce for you in addition an increased sense of warmth, a sense that the touch is penetrating and pervading the entire arm beneath the hand. There are various feelings associated with this kind of emotional bonding: a sense of connection, trust, openness, and so on. If you can notice these distinctions in this exercise, you can learn to sense the difference between purely physical sensations relating to water and the astral or emotional life that exists within the particular form of water you are in contact with.
Here are two examples. I place my hands in a sink filled with cool water. There are physical sensations: the embracing touch of the water on my skin, the pressure, the cool temperature contrasting with the rest of my arm. There is a slight chill from the movement of water in the basin.
Now I focus on the feeling—the astral component—of the water: I sense its adaptability, how it instantly molds itself to whatever it touches, embracing it. I sense the quality of purity—the water’s solubility and how it cleanses and purifies. I sense how it nurtures and renews. As a feeling, water is also pure receptivity.
A second example: a warm shower. There are the sensations of water on my skin. There is the heat and the sounds and moisture in the air. Muscles relax. The mind is drawn toward letting go of tension and worries. There is an image in my mind of a waterfall and sunlight shining through the falling drops. The sunlight relates to the heat in the water. The image is produced by free association.
But there is an astral component also. If I focus on the feeling within the water, it is like a golden light flowing through the center of my body. The light is healing, reviving, and nurturing.
For someone who is psychic, when you place your hand in water, the water feels alive. The energy in your hand brings the water to life. It is not a chemical reaction. It is how the life force or vitality in the hand is amplified and shaped by the presence of the water.
Consider again nature imagery. We can use a simple form of contemplation: focus on some scene in nature and allow your mind to be still like a mirror. Hold the image before your attention so that nothing else is present in your awareness. Then notice the sensations and feelings that arise in your body. You can also enter the image, moving in and through it or identifying completely with it.
With the image of a lake, I have sensations of being calm, open, receptive, and gathering in. The feelings are contentment, peacefulness, and hope. With a waterfall, in addition to water falling through air and splashing, there is a sparkling effervescence and a renewal of life. In a river, I let go and move with the flow, yielding to gravity’s pull drawing me to join with the distant sea. The sensation of letting go into the flow also has a feeling: there is a majestic sense of being connected to water as it moves from sea to sky to rain before returning again into a river. It is feeling part of a greater whole that nurtures the entire biosphere.
Consider being inside of an iceberg frozen in a bay at the North Pole. The sensations are icy cold, frozen, and still. The feelings are an inner stillness, a mirrorlike reflection, and an otherworldly observing of life from a distance of time and space.
Consider a mountain pool with a small waterfall. Hold this image before you mind. Imagine sitting or floating in the pool. Try becoming the pool so that nothing else but this imagery is in your awareness. As I do this, I have the sensations of flowing, bubbly water. The movement of water is gentle.
There are etheric sensations relating to the nature of vitality: flowing energy that is cool, relaxing, releasing, and easing. And there are astral feelings such as serenity, purity, and happiness—a welling up and overflowing of well-being from inside.
Magical and Nonmagical Methods of Working with Water
We can recall and to some extent relive our past experiences with water. We can also interact with water in a casual manner such as is done in daydreaming. And we can also extend our imagination a little further by imagining we are inside of a dream.
We can be playful—I imagine or recall being on a beach. I feel the spray on my face from waves breaking. I smell the air. I hear the roar from the waves. I watch the wind as its gusts play upon the surface of the lake or sea. This is all perfectly normal and within everyday modes of brain activity. There is nothing magical about this.
But what if we extend the process? What if I focus on one detail for a minute or more? I imagine I am floating in my favorite tide pool by Makapu’u on Oahu. I linger here. The high concentration of salt in the water helps the body float. I hear the waves pounding on the rocky, volcanic shore twenty feet away. I float with my eyes closed. I let go. All that exists in this moment is the touch of water, its sounds, its smells, it vibrations, and its swirling bubbly action.
And I continue now within a waking dream. How do you do this? By focusing on this imagery to the exclusion of all else. I turn the perceptions of my five senses away from the external world so they are free of distractions. As far as my brain is aware at this moment, I exist within what I am imagining.
This is not self-hypnosis. I am not narrowing my awareness. It is enchantment: I am empowering my senses to explore a realm of the imagination.
The water in this dream responds to me. It is ready to show me sensations and feelings I have never felt before. A shiver of bliss curls down my nerves as if they are the strings of a harp and the winds of my desires and longings begin to play music upon them. Except for this: the notes and melodies are not my own; the musician doing the playing follows themes that use the sensations and feelings of water.
I breathe deeply. My chest rises slightly in the water and then sinks slightly again as I exhale. The edges of my body no longer define my identity. My nervous system extends though the pool and then just as easily through the surrounding ocean without limitation. The sensation of water in nature and the internal feeling of being accepted and at peace become interchangeable.
It helps of course that I can stop my mind from thinking. I am here without thoughts. I am focused on the physical sensations and am receptive to the faintest nuances of feeling.
It helps also that I do not worry as my ego dissolves into nothing. I am not afraid of becoming nothing or a mirror that is empty and clear.
I linger here. Time—the part of my brain that tracks a sequence of moments unfolding as a linear activity—disengages. The clock in my brain has lost reference to seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years, ages, and aeons. I could just as easily be dreaming with the sea of that moment when life first took birth and began its journey. Or I could be in that place when the seas shall wash the shores of this planet and mankind shall be no more.
I linger here as the sensations and feelings within my brain conjure images of places familiar like moments of intimacy with women I have known. And just as easily images appear of worlds so far away they have been created by my imagination as a tribute to what I long for.
A therapist might call this free association. A clairvoyant might call it divination. I call it another way of being. It is passing through the gates of dream and imagination to taste the powers of the magnetic fluid and the treasures of spirit hidden within water.
Have I started doing magic yet? Yes. Magic, or in this case, psychic perception, often begins by stopping sensory contact with the external world. If the senses withdraw from external stimulation as occurs during meditation, the body relaxes, and there is a slight savings in the amount of energy expended. At this point, the brain can now perceive through the eyes of imagination, dream, or the astral plane.
Turning perception inward, however, subtracts an amount of physical vitality from your body. It puts a tax on your nervous system, and it submits a charge to be paid at a later date from the integrity of your personality. It may blur mental clarity or emotional boundaries. Perception involving imagination or altered states of consciousness is creative and offers new information. But it can be expensive in terms of energy.
You have to pay back what has been taken away during your imaginary or psychic journey if you want to return to the light of day—if you want to be, to feel, and to act normal again in this world shared with other human beings. A lot of people experience difficulty making the transition between the inner and outer worlds.
I return from my journey of exploration. I have a cup of coffee and notice right away the subtle tensions that remain in my nervous system. With a breath or a minor mental adjustment I focus, and they begin to drain away. The blood vessels dilate, and the warmth and circulation return to the parts of my body that experienced a very minor form of hibernation as I focused my attention on another world.
And then the real test appears for both those who use magic as well as for those who use ordinary methods of reflection. The question then is, What part of my experience with watery magnetism can I apply in a way that enriches my life and world? Does the feeling of peace carry over? Do I feel calm, serene, and clear? Or am I still caught in an otherworldly dream that wants me to grasp some truth that is beyond my understanding?
Exercise: Feeling like an Undine or Merman
I focus exclusively on water in my etheric and astral bodies. I also imagine water to be extending for a vast distance around the outside of my etheric and astral bodies. When I do this I invariably get a sense of the way undines feel: I am a part of anything that is near to me; or, as a merman, I feel united to the life and vibration within water—I am committed to preserving, expanding, and clarifying magnetic fields produced by water. This is my vocation and my soul. I celebrate magnetism in all my actions.
This exercise seems to grant an affinity for any way in which water appears in nature. For me, it is a life-altering meditation. The boundaries between the body, either physical or astral, dissolve, and my awareness, senses, and nervous system extend outward into wider fields of energy. This is essentially the basis for the merman and undine sense of identity. It produces a profound state of well-being and inner peace. For those who master this, whatever makes life special is always near to them. They can find it within themselves, touch it as a bodily sensation, and feel its closeness and support.
Those who practice magic often balance the four elements either within their bodies or when they evoke the four elements at different points of a magic circle. In this way, an equilibrium or balance of opposites is achieved through ritual. From my point of view, the problem with this approach is that once the individual steps out of his magic circle, he enters a civilization that does not have a balance between the four elements.
If you rated the knowledge of the elements in terms of Western civilization, earth, air, and fire would be up in the eightieth percentile as far as our scientific and technological applications are concerned. Water, however, is far weaker. It would be around three or four percent of its usable capacity. The psychological and spiritual aspects of water are very poorly understood.
When I practice the water on the etheric and astral levels inside and outside of my body, I develop a strong sense of being connected to the domains of the mermen and undines. However, I come from an overwhelmingly strong masculine culture. It is characterized by dynamic will and power directed toward changing the external world. It has almost no self-reflective capacity. There is no tradition of contemplation. There is no awareness of the light within the psyche or of the opportunities to explore and deepen awareness of the soul.
Being able, then, to evoke in myself merman awareness within a minute or less of meditating is a staggering achievement for me. It is an encounter with my opposite. It is like evoking in my self the essence of the feminine as it exists within nature and spirit. Here is a poem that comments on this experience:
There comes a time when the white knight
Climbs off his mighty warhorse with burnish’d hooves,
Takes off his armor, his brazen greaves
And feathered helmet too,
To sit beside a still lake and simply wait
To find happiness, and yes, infinite peace inside himself
Without having first to rescue and then possess
A fair maiden in distress.
Look at him! In his soul all the waters of the earth
And simple human contentment intermingle and flow—
This I know.
According to the poem, the opposite of a man is not a woman. It is the feminine within him joined to the feminine within nature. This includes the abilities to form within oneself many of the qualities already mentioned: an inner peace with the universe, profound abilities involving empathy and caring for others, and a feeling of being fully alive that arises naturally out of the sensuality of five senses.
A man may be able to taste these things through a relationship with a woman. But it is next to impossible for him to internalize these qualities within himself by depending on a woman to somehow transfer them to him. Though love is a fabulous experience, it is easy for a man to use a woman as a substitute for the spiritual quest his entire world would prefer to deny.
To summarize, we have all felt the delight and enchantment, the peace and well-being that exist in nature. Some cultures have attributed these feelings to the presence of magical beings—fairies and such. But even without turning to magic for an explanation, we can say that nature awakens feelings of peace and contentment that already exist within us.
What the human race is not very good at is exploring and extending these feelings. We do not yet know how to amplify them or produce them at will. The undines have a lot to say on this point. They embody states of peace and serenity that are well beyond anything we encounter in our daily lives. But there is a way of focusing and a level of concentration that can allow us to pass through the gates of our senses and feel and perceive as undines. This section is a step in that direction.
The Mental Body
The mental body is again in the form of the physical body but is more refined or subtler than the astral body. It relates to ideas, thinking, and analyzing. Unlike the astral body with its sensitivity and response to concrete images and situations, the mental body works with abstractions. We size up situations and solve problems with our minds. The mental body is rooted in concentration and attention. Here we choose when and how we focus our attention. Forming plans, setting priorities, and determining time frames and means for fulfilling our purposes are mental-plane activities.
Experiences with the astral body are more personal and emotionally engaging. Mental-body experiences are more detached, almost as if we are observing something from a third-person rather than a first-person perspective. If there is too much mental emphasis, an individual may be excessively detached and aloof. Too little mental emphasis, and an individual loses clarity and perspective.
If I imagine my mental body to be filled with water, I find myself exploring the deeper aspects of serenity, stillness, and clearness. There are also magical forms of perception. The mental body filled with water can act like a magic mirror or crystal ball. You can feel reflected in yourself the life within any other being.
Akashic or Spiritual Body
The spiritual body is an intuitive level of awareness that operates independent of thought, feeling, or physical forms though it may express itself through any of these. In other words, it is consciousness that does not identify or define itself through any specific form. It can also penetrate through space and time with its awareness or intuition.
On this level, we experience universal aspects of water such as cosmic or all-embracing love. There is a sense of presiding over the ideals that guide and inspire all beings. We sense the one life that flows through all of us. On this level, we feel one with all beings and also an inner peace so deep we feel one with the universe.
The Magnetic Fluid
Within water is also a subtler presence called the magnetic fluid. It is similar to the way the flow of blood produces a magnetic field in and around the body. If you can sense or feel auras, you can probably pick this up as well.
One way of sensing the magnetic fluid is by placing your mind within water. Then you focus on the bonding, attracting, and contracting qualities of the water. Remove the sensation of water and focus on these qualities alone, and you may be able to sense a magnetic field of energy.
The magnetic fluid is cool, soothing, contracting, and attracting. It is nurturing and supportive. It contains within itself so as to shelter and to protect. Instead of being intense and explosive, it is rhythmic, gentle, and receptive. It possesses healing power.
In psychological terms, it is empathic, sensitive, and responsive. It is kind and tender. It draws together, bonds, joins, and unites.
On a mental level, it can place itself within or make itself a part of another person to the extent that it can sense the entirety of the other’s life within itself. It seeks to heal, complete, and make whole whatever it touches or influences.
In this sense, it is nearly incomprehensibly receptive—it is utterly open and empty while at the same giving life to others. It is so encompassing that it can embrace, shelter, and protect anything.
In spiritual terms, then, it reaches toward embracing, all-encompassing love. It presents us with feelings of wonder, ecstasy, and beauty. This feminine awareness reveals the deepest mysteries at the core of the self.
We could say that peace, happiness, contentment, serenity, well-being, delight, affection, tenderness, sensuality, pleasure, bliss, ecstasy, compassion, and love are qualities that are present when the magnetic fluid is operating successfully.
This magnetic fluid is present in men and women, though women tend to have a much higher and more natural charge of it. Becoming aware of it directly strengthens it and allows us to make it an active part of our consciousness.
Obviously, if a person’s mind is influenced by the magnetic fluid, it is easy to try to bring out the best in other people. Instead of viewing others from a position of competition and insecurity, a person’s mind is empathic, sensitive, and caring.
Though largely unknown in our world, the feminine essence or magnetic fluid is so receptive and so giving that it has power over everything because it is the source that gives birth to all of life. The magnetic or feminine essence also controls its opposite—the electric fluid. In geopolitical terms, those who master the feminine mysteries are able to take responsibility for the unfolding of the world—they have the capacity to guide, inspire, and also set boundaries on all acts of executive power.
Almost all of Western civilization is focused on acting on and producing results in the external world. We have an extroverted civilization. The magnetic fluid holds a different vision. It has a direct, inner connection to anything that exists. It is able to feel and be a part of anyone simply by extending its magnetic field into and around another person anywhere on earth.
The electric fluid has the power to destroy the world, such as through nuclear weapons. The electric in itself does not know how to recreate the world through love. The magnetic has this specific power: it can join and unite, not through propaganda, beliefs, or ideology, but rather though a heart-to-heart connection between people. Just as there are no limits on the yield of a hydrogen bomb, there are no limits on the influence of the magnetic fluid to create peace and love.
A Simple Exercise for the Magnetic Fluid
Imagine a blue or blue-green ball of water six feet in diameter in front of you. It is cool, magnetic, and contracting. It is attractive, soothing, and calming. It shelters, protects, and heals. It is receptive in the sense that it is utterly empty of form and completely open—able to receive and contain the soul of any being within itself, nurturing, inspiring, and empowering it to attain to completion and fulfillment.
Now imagine that this ball changes into an exact replica of your self. It is you standing or sitting there in front of you. Sense how this person is different from your self. What qualities and powers does this person have that you do not?
Next imagine that you are this person who embodies the spirit and primal energy of the feminine. What is this like for you? Consider ways in which the person you imagine could become part of your life and also how that might change you and those around you.
The Essence of the Feminine Spirit
When I imagine water surrounding myself and also inside of my body, I can also sense a magnetic field of energy. The magnetic fluid is similar to magnetism in a magnet or in nature, but it is subtler. If you place your hands into water, you can feel the water touching the skin. From the pressure and cooler temperature, it is not so difficult to imagine sensing the water nearby that does not touch the skin. Again, if you focus on the binding, contracting, and attracting qualities in the water but remove the physical sensations of water, you have a sense of the magnetic fluid.
Though the magnetic fluid can be treated purely as an energy, it also has many psychological, cultural, and spiritual implications. For example, we might attempt to bring these into focus by asking, What is the magnetic energy that balances the world at this time? Also, what is the essence of the feminine spirit? What feminine power can balance, harmonize, transform, and inspire the extroverted, electrical energy in our world?
I pursue the answer to these questions on five levels. On the physical level, this energy is already present in nature. It is the entire world in its wintery, watery, nurturing, and preserving aspects. Its imagery and presence are in an arctic bay, a frozen lake, ice melting at the beginning of a small stream, a snow covered field, and so on.
On a physical level, water can extend our perception the way the body is an extension of our conscious awareness. If I imagine, for example, Sacred Falls here on Oahu, it does not start as an image in my mind. I feel I am right there in the pool. I can feel the entire surface of the pool and how its edge touches the cliffs. I can feel ripples contacting the stones, the currents beneath the water, and the temperature change from sunlight producing warmer water near the surface.
If you can sense the magnetic fluid, you can actually extend your awareness beyond your body. The magnetic fluid automatically enhances feelings and perceptions. With it, I can perceive in and through the element of water without the need for human thoughts. With a slight shift in focus, I can become the entire stream beginning with the raindrops falling at the summit of the mountains and ending as the stream flows into the sea.
To put it simply, you perceive that the water is a part of your nervous system. You can sense direction aspects of water involving changes in temperature, fluidity, movement, and magnetism. You touch something with your finger, and you feel it in your fingertip and also in your brain. But with the help of the magnetic fluid, water becomes your fingertips and your body and your skin.
What is most remarkable is how this awareness contrasts to normal perception. We are land-based mammals. We experience space and separation in extremely distinct ways—spatial orientation, territories, body shape, and personal space. But awareness expanded into and through a magnetic field is altogether different.
On an etheric level, it enables one to sense the vital force in all beings. You feel a part of the vitality in others. A hospital does CAT scans and MRIs. The magnetic fluid is a similar mode of perception without the need for instruments.
On an astral level, the magnetic fluid enhances a psychic ability to immediately connect with and sense another’s inner life, nurturing and inspiring the other as well. When I am sitting close to a woman who has strong magnetic energy in her aura, my psychic abilities are enhanced. Without effort, I can sense the personality traits of someone she is talking about whom I have not met and who is not present.
I could meet and interview someone for several hours and in this way get to know the person. When the magnetic fluid is strong, I can know the other from within in ways that no interview could ever reveal—without even meeting him or her. The magnetic fluid enhances soul connections.
If I focus on another individual, it is as if that person is in front of me now. The connection feels completely real, almost as if you could reach out and touch, communicate with, and sense the other’s feelings from within. This is another reason why the realm of the undines has been closed off to our civilization and to the human race. Undines use their abilities for the sake of empathy, beauty, and sensuality. Human beings, however, could easily abuse such powers for selfish reasons.
In a sense, then, a great cultural and spiritual war has been going on in Western civilization to conceal this knowledge of the feminine. Abuse of this feminine power would immediately undermine the development of will and also of science. The qualities of intellectual objectivity and also of freedom of volition, the individualism in our world, would rapidly deteriorate.
The task of the masculine, among other things, is to set and to defend boundaries for the sake of ego identity and productive capacity. The feminine, by contrast, overcomes all boundaries—it alone has the power to unite opposites. Working together, the masculine and feminine are responsible for human and divine creativity. Opposed, they destroy human beings, culture, and the world.
The bottom line is that the proper use of the magnetic fluid depends on one’s heart: does an individual or a society have the commitment to seek and then to use power for the sake of love? The feminine spirit is no less powerful than the masculine. All our war machines and political and military hierarchies mean absolutely nothing before the magnetic fluid. This is because our world depends on external power and might. It has no defenses against those who can easily extend their awareness anywhere or inside of anyone on earth.
For this reason, our stories and fairy tales about undines reveal almost nothing about these beings. Our theologies, metaphysics, and science are ignorant about both the spiritual universe and the many roles magnetism has yet to play in technology and industry. In the past, in spite of the suffering that has resulted, it is possible that this has been for the best. But you cannot put off the deepest issues within the heart forever. There comes a time when the choice has to be made as to whether we are committed to love or to fear and to hate.
On the mental level, the magnetic fluid is inspired and compassionate. It is motivated to set up the learning conditions and environment in which each person can develop in the best way. It finds the optimum influences and circumstances for growth. It senses what others need and seeks to fulfill those needs.
On the akashic level, it establishes a feeling of oneness with all beings and a feeling that all beings are one with each other. It heals, shelters, and protects your inner life.
If you put all five levels together, the magnetic fluid in its positive aspect is everything that nurtures, enhances, amplifies, brings to completion, satisfies, and inspires. It is the image of the mother, daughter, sister, maiden, lover, muse, and divine guardian all at once. It is one with you forever continuously, and it is there to bless you and establish wholeness within.
Such energy annihilates loneliness and separation because you feel and perceive your connection to others from within. A woman, or man for that matter, who embodies the magnetic fluid does not play the role of a mother or a caregiver for a limited number of years—for example, until a child reaches adolescence and leaves the home. The power to nurture and to be connected to others, inspiring and guiding them, never ends. The physical function of being a caregiver makes a natural and powerful transition into becoming a spiritual function. Similarly, responsibility and involvement in one’s individual family gradually extends out to encompass the entire world.
We have at present a global community based on external modes of communication and relationships. But the religions of earth do not at this time provide us with a global inner community, a direct heart-to-heart connection to others anywhere on earth. The magnetic fluid, as an expression of the essence of the feminine spirit, offers this.
The magnetic fluid is so empty, so utterly receptive, so giving, so free of identifying itself with form that it has power over everything because it is the source that gives birth to all of life. It is the power to shelter, contain, nourish, and transform the life and soul of any being. As such, the feminine spirit is and always will be the guardian of the deepest mysteries within the self.
If you went on a quest for the Holy Grail and found it, the Grail would still be an external thing. The quest, the search and journey, might lead you to test and to establish qualities of nobility, courage, compassion, and justice within yourself. This is a great accomplishment.
Finding the essence of the feminine spirit, the magnetic fluid, within your self is far more than a Grail quest. It is actually joining with your opposite. It is internalizing within oneself one of the most powerful forces in creation. Our world knows nothing about this journey and this quest.
If you want to be creative and to see your vision through to its realization, then you need to do these things: to bring together and unite the full power of the feminine with the full power of the masculine. If you consider one of these components to be of lesser value or significance than the other, then you inevitably produce an inferior product.
This is how the electric and magnetic fluids operate in the universe. The masculine in its essence foresees what it wishes to accomplish. It puts up the energy to do this. It envisions, plans, and acquires the skills necessary for success.
But this is a total waste and an absolute failure without the feminine. The masculine is inspired by and empowered by the feminine. The feminine brings the vision to life through love and feeling. It provides the soul, the heart, and the nurturing.
The feminine never stands in an absolute void and creates from out of nothing. This is precisely the skill of the masculine. It is the envisioning side of the process. The masculine never unites itself in its total being and through love to everything that exists. It does not have a clue as to how to do this.
But if you want to be creative and see your purposes fulfilled, then to some degree you will learn to do both. Otherwise, you accomplish less. Your work will eventually waste away because it lacks one or the other: the strength and courage to begin and to oversee or else the love and the heart that inspire and bring to fruition what is conceived.